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600 people demand more bicycle parking in Galway City

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A woman with a bicycle walks past bikes locked to a sign post on Galway’s High Street

Over 600 people are demanding that Galway City Council provide more on-street bicycle parking racks in Galway city centre.

At the time of writing, an online petition started by An Mheitheal Rothar (Galway’s Bike Workshop) had 602 names signed to it.

The petition complains that the city’s soon-to-be launched bike hire scheme has resulted in the removal of inverted-U or “Sheffield racks”, the most commonly used bicycle parking stands in Ireland.

It says that there’s “already an under-supply” of bicycle parking in Galway, and it wants the following:

  1. “New free public bike stands installed in the Mainguard Street area where some are currently being removed”;
  2. “New free public bike stands installed at Ravens Terrace where recent roadworks removed the previous ones”;
  3. “Galway City Council to prioritise the installation of bicycle facilities in Galway City, especially in the pedestrian areas of the old medieval centre.”

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  1. Were regular cycle stands removed in Dublin to make way for Dublin bikes? I had the impression that this had happened but could never be sure. Obviously these already scarce bike stands shouldn’t be sacrificed.

  2. Sam I have not noticed this myself as regards Dublin. But I have noticed half of the Bike stands being removed from the Central Isle on O.Connell Street across from Easons. Also the Stands being removed facing the Kitchen complements Shop beside South King Street.

    There is a need for lots of Bicycle Parking on O.Connell St and you can see this by all the Bikes Chained to Lamposts and Trees. It is very dark on Princes St beside the GPO where the main Bicycle Parking is and not a safe place to put your Bike after dark.

    From what I remember of Galway City they badly need lots more Bicycle Parking there.I can sympathise with people in Galway . It is a lovely City full of Tourists any time of the Year. The Council ought to get with it and put in the Parking. Also the Hoteliers and B+Bs should put in secure Parking for Bicycle Tourists too.


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